Celebrity hair stylist to the stars Royce Samuel and creator of the ubiquitous #CSPony , known for stellar work with CeeC Nwadiora, Mercy Eke, Beverly Naya and who just recently killed ALL Pearl Thusi‘s Africa Music Awards looks, Royce has had a fire couple of years! He recently had a chat with BellaNaija Style about how it all started, his background and more in this short Q&A with BN Style!

 

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Tell us about yourself and your brand

My name is Royce Samuel, a creative director, an international published hairstylist and current Director of Ceezys Styling and The Hairmpire. Ceezys Styling is a hairstyling brand involved in virtually all aspects of hairstyling, focusing on adding artistic touches to otherwise basic hairstyling. Our sole quest is to satisfy all our clients with breath taking hairstyles, from celebrities to brides and to everyday women we serve; we make sure we give them looks that they identify with themselves and can possibly personalize the looks. You can check our Instagram pages @ceezysstyling @thehairmpire to contact us!

 

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Where do you go for beauty inspiration especially on the looks you create? 

I only pick inspirations to guide me through a photoshoot, but I read a lot on Hair and Hairstyling and make sure I go through my Pinterest App everyday so I get to see lots of creative and artistic images to inspire me when it’s time for me to create looks. It feels like after so much time studying style inspirations, finding inspiration comes easy and voila I create.

 

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Top 5 must-have beauty products especially for hair?

Got 2 Be gel and spray from Schwarzkopf • Brazilian blow out spray shine and dry oil • L’Oréal Hair  oil • bold hold glue • matrix, although they are still a lot of other products to consider but these are my must haves.

What beauty trends are really being requested by your clients right now?

Well majorly natural hairstyling and frontals, so I observed for those that aren’t maintaining their natural hair but still want to have that flawless natural look, they tend to request for lace frontals 360 and 180 to get natural pony tail looks (high, low pony) , center parts and various other amazing glam looks

 

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What influencers or celebrities are you most excited about working with right now?

I am always excited about working with any celebrity or influencer locally or internationally. I have had the privilege of working with and still  working with several personalities and thus far I have been able to maintain such celebrity-service provider relationship, based on the vibe and work ethic the celebrity or influencer possesses.

 

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What are some hair styling tips and tricks or quick hacks you can share with our audience?

To get nice ponytails for natural hair, you can apply my gel and water trick which I would be teaching properly in my upcoming workshop series. So you make sure you brush your hair properly, if possible blow dry it, pack it into a nice bun in whichever position you want, high pony, low or to the middle, then apply your hair wax or hair gel. I usually prefer Got2be Glued gel in the black pack, spraying very little water on the hair and brushing all the way. You can use bobby pins to secure some tiny strands, then you are on your way to having a sleeeeeeeeek pony, I hope this is helpful.

 

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Do you have a preferred extensions brand when adding volume to a client’s hair, for a red carpet or editorial shoot for example?

Well I prefer Xpression extensions for some looks and  Noble products for natural looks. Then I buy good virgin hair or human hair from quite a few Hair retailing brands in Nigeria such as Hikkys Hair, My Hair Ltd, My Extensionz, Good Hair, as well as others specially requested by clients.